Derby County Football Club Women

Under 13’s Black Socks

Under 13’s Black Socks Match Report

Derby County Ladies U13 Black Socks 11 – 0 Outwoods Swans FC

Derby Girls and Ladies U14 League

1st May 2021

A comfortable win against a hard working Outwoods team in the Black Socks’ penultimate league game of the season leaves the girls requiring a win against SK Vipers in three weeks’ time to secure a title play-off against Heanor Town Lionesses.

Derby started slowly, with a congested midfield meaning there was little room to express themselves in the early exchanges. EJ had a shot from the edge of the box, following a corner, which was comfortably saved by the keeper. She then turned creator when she slipped a lovely ball through to Abi. She broke into the box but knocked her shot just wide of the far post.

The early pressure was all Derby but Outwoods had a great opportunity to open the scoring. The ball broke down the right and Outwoods’ had a two on two with the Swans’ forward able to run the ball in to the box unchallenged. Skye left Belle to cover the other player and moved across to produce a clean shoulder challenge, preventing the goalscoring chance and knocking the ball out for a corner. It was solid, strong defending for the Ewes’ number eight.

Eventually Derby opened the scoring through Honor who was operating down the right wing in the first half. The Black Socks created a quick counter-attack with Emma playing it from the left, across to Abi, eventually working its way to Honor and she shot past the keeper, beating her on her near post.

The Ewes added a second a minute later from the same source. Emma had a throw down the left, almost level with the opposition penalty box. It came to EJ who hit a lovely shot on the half volley but it was over the bar. However, the resulting goalkick went straight to Honor who hit a beautiful shot over the keeper from the wide right edge of the box.

Honor almost completed her hattrick when Abi’s ball across the face of goal reached her on the back post, but the goalkeeper made the save. The clearance was worked back to Abi but her shot was also saved.

A corner from Hollie almost resulted in the most audacious goal of the season from Viktoria. She met the cross with a back flicked volley that looked like it could go in the top corner, but the keeper was in position and caught the ball.

Having scored two, Honor assisted Derby’s third goal. The ball was worked down the right, Honor flicked it inside to EJ. She steadied herself and her shot went in off the far post.

Emma was having a superb game down the left, constantly finding passes to release Hollie and Macie. This time she played it up to our number six, who was crowded by Outwood players around the box. However, she was still able to play it back to EJ whose shot was deflected wide for a corner. Emma took the set-piece and whipped a vicious cross into the box which was sliced past the keeper.

One of the Outwood’s players took a heavy ball in the face and the referee rightly stopped play to check she was okay. From the resulting drop ball Emma played it downfield where it was knocked wide to Honor, who completed her hat-trick with another outstanding shot from distance over the keeper.

Hollie, Derby’s top scorer, added a sixth when she evaded a couple of challenges in the box. The ball broke nicely for her in-front of goal and she was never going to miss, slotting it past the keeper. Courtney was unlucky not to add another before halftime. Jasmine played the ball from midfield up to our number nine on the edge of the box. She was able to poke her shot goalwards but the keeper got just enough of a foot on it and it spun just the wrong side of the post for a corner. The set-piece was whipped in from the right and Courtney thought she had knocked it in but somehow it was cleared off the line.

The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first, with a lot of Derby possession but limited clear cut chances. Belle and Jasmine combined well on the right to find Viktoria. She dropped the shoulder, creating the split second indecision she needed to skip past the defender and put an inviting ball across the face of goal but Abi just couldn’t reach it on the back post.

Outwoods continued to work hard throughout the game and their number fourteen did well down their left, but Belle’s positioning and timing was superb and she tracked the run before intercepting the ball and clearing.

Rhianna, who only had a couple of clearances to make in the first half, was operating more as a sweeper keeper in the second-half and was instrumental in a number of Derby attacks. The Black Socks started to find a bit more space in behind the defence and exploited it well. Abi peeled off to the left to chase down a clearance from Rhianna. She did well to pick out Macie unmarked in the middle, but she knocked her shot millimeters wide of the post.

The Ewes eventually extended their lead and again it was Emma on the left starting the move. She played a ball down the line for Abi to chase, who got there and crossed into the box. The ball flicked off the keeper, who had come off her line to cut it out, and rolled towards the goal. Macie followed it in but allowed it to roll over the line attributing the goal to her teammate. 

If there was any doubt whether Abi had scored the previous goal, there was no disputing the next. Hollie played a good ball in from the left. The Ewes number seven took a touch before emphatically smashing it past the keeper.

Lily, Liv and Jasmine were busy in midfield breaking up play, keeping and recovering possession and imposing the Ewes authority on the game. Jasmine showed good strength on the edge of the box to fashion another opportunity for Abi which looked to be going in but the keeper’s toe knocked it wide for a corner. Rhianna, sweeping up at the back, again found Abi down the left. She played it inside to Honor who was closed down, but it broke to Skye who was now upfront and her shot was just wide.

Jasmine added a ninth with another headed goal. A corner was played in from right, Skye knocked it on and Jasmine, one yard out, headed it home. Derby then scored their one hundredth league goal of the season in just their tenth match. Belle started the move, passing it to Liv in midfield. She played a ball in behind for Abi to chase. The keeper looked favourite to get there first, but the Black Socks’ number seven was able to get a toe to it, knocking it around the goalkeeper and leaving herself with a simple tap-in.

Hollie completed the scoring with a few minutes to go. Outwoods restarted the game with a dropball in their area following a stoppage for an injury to Skye. They hit the clearance straight to Jasmine, who played it wide to Hollie and she coolly slotted it into the net. Outwoods continued to press for a consolation goal but the defence and Rhianna stayed strong and the Black Socks saw out the game with a clean sheet.

After the game, Assistant Coach Chris Holt said, “A big positive today was seeing the girls again using Rhianna to set-up the transitions and she distributed really well. The girls looked so confident playing all over the pitch and whatever direction they faced.”


  • Honor x 3
  • EJ
  • Emma
  • Hollie x 2
  • Abi x 3
  • Jasmine